North Korea willing to hold talks with US President Donald Trump

Kim Jong-Un. Pic/AP
Kim Jong-Un. Pic/AP

A senior North Korean diplomat said yesterday Pyongyang would be willing to hold talks with the US if the conditions are right.

Choe Son-Hui, head of the foreign ministry's North America bureau, told reporters at Beijing's international airport that her country "will hold dialogue under right conditions" with President Donald Trump's administration.

She spoke as she was returning from Oslo, where she met with US academics and former US officials including Thomas Pickering, former US envoy to the UN, and Robert Einhorn, the State Department's former special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, Yonhap news agency said.

The meeting took place amid a let-up in military tensions on the Korean peninsula after concerns over a fresh nuclear test by the North in April failed to materialise.

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